We hope you’re all well, and having a wonderfully blessed day! I hope you take a few minutes to read this post in its entirety. In my line of work, bartending, I’m blessed to meet all kinds of people, from every corner of the world, especially since I work in San Francisco! However, as great as that is, the connection I, no we, my wife, our team members, and myself make with the beautiful, yet embattled souls we serve every week in Vallejo, is far superior indeed. Even though it can be a trying endeavor at times, the rewards of trying to help those in need, far outweigh any negative incidents that might occur, from time to time. Today was a considerably magnificent day, because it was the culmination of so many great things that occurred during the week. Please allow me to share!
Last Saturday while we were out doing the Sack Lunch Program, our friend David contacted us to inform us the he was dropping of a donation of socks, and that they would be left on our front porch. As we returned home, we collected the socks, and we made a decision to make sure we would give everyone we encountered, a nice dry pair of socks and a disposable poncho for the run today. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from a friend in Texas named Paul, who said he felt inspired by us, so he was sending another donation socks to us, and that we could pick them up this week from a local market, so we chose to pick them up on Wednesday. Well Wednesday had rolled around and it was a particularly rainy day, so much so that my feet were soaking wet, along with my shoes, socks, and everything else I had on. You see, I didn’t have my umbrella, and I immediately thought of the miserable conditions our friends were being forced to contend with. Well wouldn’t you know that another angel emerged the very next day, with an amazing offer to donate umbrellas to us. After working out the details, my wife made the trip to Fairfield to retrieve the umbrellas. Much to her surprise, and eventually mine, the umbrellas turned out to be really nice, and not the small travel kind that we were expecting! Thanks Gurinder, because just like Paul and David, you came thru in the clutch, as do all of our donors. What makes this all so special, is the fact that Wednesday I was prepared to go to work to earn the money for the disposal ponchos, but the weather caused a power outage, and we were forced to close. We were suddenly faced with a budget issue, and just like that, we weren’t. Call it a miracle, or karma, in the end, we all know what’s up! 😇🙏🏾😉 The best part of it all, was seeing our friends faces, knowing that in addition to the socks, they were getting an umbrella that was very needed, but just as important, it was nice and it was new! Believe me when I say it does wonders for the psyche. We know that it’s not the best case scenario when combating the rain, but it’s hopefully not as bad as it was! 🙏🏾🤞🏾 Anyway, the rain pretty much held off til we were done with the Sack Lunch Program today, which is just another thing we will add to the gratitude column!! ❤️ It is truly a blessing to be able to work with others, to help others, and all you need is one sip of that koolaid, and I guarantee you, it’s a wrap!! 😉
In closing, we hope your evening is filled making memorable moments, and not just memories. Enjoy what you have with who you love, while you have time to do so. We’re all just one bad break, or poor choice from hard times, just ask our friends!! With that said, always remember to be kind to others, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,850 meals, including sack lunches, hot homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! 😌
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The MLK Humanity Project is an inclusive community organization devoted to the well being and empowerment of our homeless and less fortunate residents.